OCHRE recognises Aboriginal languages and cultures as a unique component of Australia’s heritage. It is a fundamental element of the Aboriginal
culture which reaffirms Aboriginal identity, spirituality and connection to Country. For a factsheet on Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests,
please click here.
The establishment of the Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests enables Aboriginal people and communities across NSW to reclaim, revitalise and maintain their traditional Aboriginal languages.
Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests provide a continuous learning pathway for Aboriginal people while recognising the existing language skills and knowledge of Aboriginal community members.
The Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests operate within participating schools to provide Aboriginal students and their families with a continuous pathway of learning, from preschool to Year 12 and into tertiary education (TAFE and universities) and to offer Aboriginal students a new opportunity to consider language teaching as a vocation.
An Aboriginal Language and Culture Nest is a local network of communities, bound together by their connection to an Aboriginal language.
The Aboriginal Language and Culture Nest initiative is being led jointly by the Department of Education and Communities and the Aboriginal Educational Consultative Group (AECG), which is NSW’s peak advisory group on Aboriginal Education.
The following Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests have been launched in partnership with Aboriginal communities:
The North West Wiradjuri Language and Culture Nest has been established and includes the communities of Dubbo, Narromine, Peak Hill, Trangie, Gilgandra, Wellington and Mudgee and all the schools located within these communities.
The Gumbaynggirr Language and Culture Nest was launched in Coffs Harbour on 19 February 2014.
The Bundjalung Language and Culture Nest (Lismore) was launched in Lismore on 20 February 2014.
The Paakantji/Baakantji Aboriginal Language and Culture Nest is located at Wilcannia Central School and includes the Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Menindee, Bourke, Mildura and Coomealla communities. There are 13 schools within these communities.
The Gamilaraay/Yuwaalaraay/Yuawaalayaay Language and Culture Nest was launched in Lightning Ridge on 2 May 2014
Should you have questions relating to the Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests please forward your query to the below contact within the Department of Education’s Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement Unit:
Language Culture and Communities Team
Phone: (02) 9244 5666
NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG): www.aecg.nsw.edu.au/
Connected Communities: www.dec.nsw.gov.au/about-the-department/our-reforms/connected-communities
The Shayne Williams Literature Review is located here